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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist   Presence of God – Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me how to live with You through the Sacrament of Your love. MEDITATION Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions—to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist—are closely connected. They call... Read More

Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love... Read More

Emotions in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of... Read More

Go to Hell or Go to Prayer (Video)

Go to Hell or Go To Prayer “Go to hell or go to prayer” is a striking title for a post but it is not an overstatement. Why is it that Saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Avila and Alphonsus Liguori believe that without daily mental prayer we will go to hell and with daily mental prayer we are assured of heaven? On the surface, these claims seem to be a bit over the top. How can they... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one’s daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance... Read More

Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words.... Read More

Sharing Spiritual Experiences – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else? Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think... Read More

A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith and tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith? How does... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   Presence of God — “I return thanks to You, O God, one and true Trinity, one sovereign divinity, holy and indivisible unity” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION From Advent until today, the Church has had us consider the magnificent manifestations of God’s mercy toward men: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Pentecost. Now she directs our attention to the... Read More

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